Wilfried Bony: The missed opportunity who could have fired Liverpool to glory

Wilfried Bony would have been the player to fire Liverpool to real success this season.

Much has been said about Liverpool’s failure to replace Luis Suarez following the Uruguayan’s move to Barcelona last summer.

The truth is, finding a replica for one of the most effective forwards in world football was always going to an almost impossible task, but that Brendan Rodgers opted for Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli tells its own story.

The simple fact is, Liverpool missed out on a potential top-four finish down to a mixture of bad luck and poor transfer decisions.

The majority of the misfortune came in the shape of Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems. After all, had the England international been fit and firing all season who is to say where Liverpool would have ended up?

But perhaps the moment that best sums up Liverpool’s season was when Wilfried Bony swapped Swansea City for Manchester City.

The Ivorian would have been the perfect signing for Liverpool, but instead he moved to a club where he has struggled for game-time in the face of competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

Indeed Bony has scored just once since his big-money move to the Etihad Stadium, but things could have been very different had Liverpool made a move earlier.

They may not have got him; after all, money talks and there are few, if any, clubs in Europe who could have offered Bony the kind of wages City can.

But having previously failed to impress on trial at Anfield as a teenager, there is no doubt he proved the doubters wrong when he finally made his Premier League bow for the Swans.

With Bony in their side, Liverpool may well have maintained their brilliant form since the turn of the year and secured a top-four finish and a FA Cup final place as a result.

But in hindsight, it is easy to change history. The truth is Liverpool took a chance on certain front-men, and it did not pay off.

The big question is: Who will they sign this summer to ensure that does not happen again?

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